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Opening the CovenantA Jewish Theology of Christianity$
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Michael S. Kogan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112597.001.0001

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 The Question of the Messiah

 The Question of the Messiah

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Opening the Covenant

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This chapter explores the main disagreement that exists between Judaism and Christianity: whether Jesus of Nazareth was or was not (is or is not) the Messiah. before, during, and after the time of Jesus. Today, Jesus' Jewishness and that of nearly all his original interpreters is acknowledged by all, yet many still fail to locate early christology within its Jewish context, or to inquire as to its relationship to other Jewish messianic formulations. It is argued that Christianity — as one of the Judaisms of the 1st century — must be considered within its proper intellectual and spiritual environment. Examined in this manner, its messianism, far from being alien to Jewish thought patterns, may be revealed as one expression of the varied world of historic hopes and mythic visions that is Israelite messianic speculation.

Keywords:   Christianity, Judaism, Jesus of Nazareth, messianism, canon, Israel

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